Man accused of running over, killing wife, set for trial

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A Texarkana man accused of running over and killing his wife while under the influence of methamphetamine is set for a November jury trial in Miller County, Ark.

Lucas Connor McCarley, 35, has been in jail since his arrest March 3 in connection with the death of his wife, Casey McCarley. Lucas McCarley was allegedly attempting to avoid a confrontation with his wife near midnight March 3 when he struck and drove over her on Miller County Road 22. Lucas McCarley was in the company of another woman and in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia at the time, a probable cause affidavit alleges.

When deputies with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Casey McCarley was already deceased and her body was draped in a blue tarp in the roadway. When officers took a cursory look in Lucas McCarley’s truck they allegedly saw drug paraphernalia and usable narcotics in plain view.

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Lucas McCarley is charged with negligent homicide, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller County prosecutors have included notices of enhancement on each of the charges because of Lucas McCarley’s prior felony convictions for burglary and theft.

Lucas McCarley faces five to 30 years if convicted of negligent homicide with prior felonies. The meth and paraphernalia charges are punishable by up to 12 years.

Circuit Judge Brent Haltom scheduled Lucas McCarley’s case for jury selection Nov. 28.

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